Sometime last fall, around November, I remember Richard Hart (I
think) mention in some thread, perhaps about bench tests or
something, a fellow who refused to learn his (Richard’s) way of
prong-setting using files instead of burs. The chap kept ruining the
settings which caused a great deal of frustration and material loss.
So, that thought has been simmering on my mind’s back burner for all
of this time and I am very interested in learning this. Maybe this
sounds totally remedial but it is my wish nonetheless. I learned
stone setting from a wonderful jeweler in Alexandria, VA years ago
but must admit that the dang rotary tool gets away from me too often
for my taste. I have attempted the prep of a few settings with files
when I could over the last several months and today did a 5mm
diamond in a four prong setting just using files, which came out
very nicely. I like the control of the process and figure the time
it takes to remove the appropriate amount of metal without marring
the rest of the setting is less than having to repair the trails left
from a wayward bur.
The books I have only teach using burs and I would like to find at
least one using files. So if anyone can recommend one I would
greatly appreciate it. I’m in the Tampa area and might be interested
in taking a short class but cannot travel at this time to do this
since I am up to my ears in GIA courses as well as college courses.
Not much free time. Hence the request for a good book!
Also as an adjunct to the above question, which files do you like
using the best and why?
Thanks in advance,